We can do it one recyclable item at a time

Published November 20, 2021, 7:30 PM

by Manila Bulletin

BGC’s Bins & Buckets is an awesome way you can help the environment

WASTE TO GOLD The site of the trash-to-cash proram in BGC

Coming up with green initiatives at the local level that can help save the earth has always been part of Bonifacio Global City’s commitment for the past years. As a community that prioritizes sustainability, BGC continues to come up with opportunities that will make it easier for citizens to take a step forward and do their share toward sustainability, not just for the present, but for the future generations as well. For those who haven’t taken the environmentally-friendly plunge yet, BGC’s recycling project, Bins & Buckets, is just right around the corner.

Bins & Buckets is BGC’s banner program on solid waste segregation and diversion that consists of sustainable grassroot initiatives—things that can be started at home and the workplace.

Bins: A Waste Segregation Program

Doing good begins at home. As the word bins means, this encourages solid waste segregation through different bins at source, whether plastics, paper, or metal. Project Bins encourages BGCitizens to drop off their recyclables and earn environmental points in its trash-to-cash program using the BXtra app. The environmental points (EPs) may then be used to purchase goods from BGC’s weekend Mobile Market, Luntian express, or to purchase food, groceries, and services from BStra’s partner merchants.

For dropoff points on Saturdays, head over to De Jesus Oval (8 a.m. to 12 noon), Essensa (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and Maredien (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.). On Sundays, catch the Bins Truck at 10th corner 25th (8 a.m. to 12 noon) and Burgos Circle (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

Project Bins encourages BGCitizens to drop off their recyclables and earn environmental points in its trash-to-cash program using the BXtra app.

Buckets: Household Food Waste Composting

Taking on the word “buckets,” this program encourages households to segregate their food waste to buckets and mix it with Bokashi bran to convert them into compost. In partnership with Green Antz’ Bokashi Composting Program (Soilmate), residents can now easily make healthy soil out of leftover food and kitchen scraps. Using the Soilmate app (soilmate.app), subscribers may book their bucket pickup once it’s full so Green Antz can process the compost mixture further.

Unlike traditional backyard composting, bokashi composting can be done right in your kitchen. It only needs Bokashi bran and in about two to three weeks, food waste can be converted into productive compost at home that can be used for planting or as a humus-rich organic fertilizer. With a shared goal to roll out new and convenient ways to recycle and minimize waste, BGC and Green Antz continue to work together to make the community greener than ever.

The Bins & Buckets project of BGC not only aims to encourage its community members to practice sustainability, but it also serves as an opportunity for its neighboring cities to follow through so that everyone can do their part in keeping the environment clean and green.